Since announcing Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity as our corporate charity, we’ve been busy raising money – over £1800 so far!
We’ve organised an array of fundraising activities including a football tournament, cake sale, World Cup quiz and a charity run. We of course had a map sale too, but we’re sure you knew that! Below are just a few of our highlights.
While we’ve had a lot of fun in the process, we have not forgotten why we are doing the fundraising. We’re helping raise vital funds for Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity’s emergency and trauma department appeal. As this hospital department covers nine different counties, the time for an expansion is long overdue.
The state of the art facility will include an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and sound proofed cubicles and x-ray facilities. It will also include a dedicated reception, triage and waiting area for young patients, access to resuscitation facilities via a new link corridor, a nurse practitioner room and a safe room for children with mental health problems. The department will drastically improve the experience of patients, ensuring facilities match the expert medical care currently provided. All this will streamline care, speed up waiting times and reduce anxiety.
This first phase of the build is the Acute Assessment Unit and, as it will be what a patient sees first when coming in to the emergency department, a well thought out design could make all the difference to their experience particularly for children. The charity expects this department to see around 30,000 children each year after it opens.
Below is a sneak peek of how the corridor looks now alongside suggested plans of what it may look like when its finished. We couldn’t be more excited!